I’m probably not the only one with an Illinois managing broker’s license who is thinking, “Is this the year I officially retire from real estate?” I’m sure that this is a question that echoes in the minds of many this time of year when we must complete our continuing education and renew our license. I have been licensed for over 31 years – that’s a lifetime! I faithfully complete my CE and renew my license every two years. It’s been a part of my life for so long. But I ask myself, is it time to break off the relationship? Is it time to write that “Dear John” letter to the IDFPR?
At this point in my life, I am a self-sponsored managing broker working out of my home. I question keeping my license because I am not actively working with the public in real estate. Recently, I faced an IDFPR audit and survived. Believe me, even though I always do things by the book, I almost threw in the towel after that experience! However, I still like to dabble: buy a house or two every now and then and help out an old friend or family member.
And now it’s renewal time … Should I or shouldn’t I?
And my answer is… I am going for it! I am going to complete the 24 credit hours of CE and renew my managing broker’s license. I have given it a lot of thought and have decided that renewing is the right thing to do.
As long as I continue to have a passion for real estate, want to learn new things and help a few others, I will continue to renew my license. I have worked so hard to get this far. Like I said, my license and I have shared a lifetime together, and I am not ready to break up!
Maybe this is the year I can make a difference. Maybe this is the year I can give back and become more involved.
I have not given up hope, folks. I’m sure you feel the same. See you in CE class.